Free Delivery Over £100 | Questions? Give us a call 01672 564722

0

Your Cart is Empty

Furniture
  • Home & Decorative Accessories
  • About Us
  • Painted Malabar Betel Nut Box From Kerala - Ca 1920

    Painted Malabar Betel Nut Box From Kerala - Ca 1920

    Roll over image to zoom in

    Roll over image to zoom in

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Painted Malabar Betel Nut Box From Kerala - Ca 1920

    M866

    £545

    Carved from a single piece of jackfruit wood and painted, this style of Indian box is known as a "Malabar Box" or "Nettur Petti." and was likely used as a wedding box, jewellery box or betel nut box. It dates to circa 1920

    Nettoor pettis, also known as Malabar boxes, are one of the most recognisable and prominent examples of Keralan craftsmanship. Named after Nettoor, the village in Kerala where the craft is believed to have originated, and usually made in either teak, rosewood or jack wood with eccentric brass fittings, these boxes were commonly used as jewellery and dowry chests by the women of the most affluent and richest families. Their design, resembling a thatched house, is not a coincidence: it is a visual metaphor for the new house where the bride will live with her husband. It has been suggested some of these pettis (boxes) were employed in temples as well to store precious and bejewelled ornaments of the local idol (murti).

     

    Dimensions:

    31 x 23.5 x 21.5 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    For a similar example see page figure 39, page 52 of Arts & Crafts of India by Ilay Cooper & John Gillow. 

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £15
    More delivery options available at checkout

    Dimensions: W31 x D23.5 x H21.5 cm


    []
    £545
    0
    0

    Free UK Delivery on orders over £100 

    Use code 'Delivery' at checkout

    In Stock - In Our Wiltshire Showroom


    Carved from a single piece of jackfruit wood and painted, this style of Indian box is known as a "Malabar Box" or "Nettur Petti." and was likely used as a wedding box, jewellery box or betel nut box. It dates to circa 1920

    Nettoor pettis, also known as Malabar boxes, are one of the most recognisable and prominent examples of Keralan craftsmanship. Named after Nettoor, the village in Kerala where the craft is believed to have originated, and usually made in either teak, rosewood or jack wood with eccentric brass fittings, these boxes were commonly used as jewellery and dowry chests by the women of the most affluent and richest families. Their design, resembling a thatched house, is not a coincidence: it is a visual metaphor for the new house where the bride will live with her husband. It has been suggested some of these pettis (boxes) were employed in temples as well to store precious and bejewelled ornaments of the local idol (murti).

     

    Dimensions:

    31 x 23.5 x 21.5 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    For a similar example see page figure 39, page 52 of Arts & Crafts of India by Ilay Cooper & John Gillow. 

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £15
    More delivery options available at checkout


    Shipping & Warranty

    • Guaranteed authenticity on all antique pieces (where dated)

    • Every item is in stock in the UK

    • We'll contact you to arrange a suitable delivery date

    • Hassle free returns

    • Free Click & Collect available on all pieces


    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    DELIVERY

    • - Small items: £7.50

    • - Medium Sized items: £15

    • - Fragile Medium items: £20

    • - Small Furniture items: £40

    • - Furniture & Large Items: £80

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - If you are not happy with your order, send it back with our delivery drivers. 

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces at enquiries@indigo-uk.com, Livechat or calling +44 1672 564722

    Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    • GUARANTEED AUTHENTICITY ON ALL ANTIQUE PIECES

    • 100% SAFE AND SECURE CHECKOUT WITH SHOPIFY

    • FREE NO QUIBBLE RETURNS

    Notify me when this or a similar product is available. 

    People Also Viewed